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FA gag Terry over racism allegations

John Terry was gagged by the Football Association yesterday to prevent the England captain answering any questions about allegations he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.


John Terry

Chelsea defender Terry is alleged to have abused Ferdinand in a recent Premier League match and both the English FA and London's Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident.

Terry, who has denied the claims, was asked to speak about the matter yesterday at a press conference ahead of a friendly against Sweden, but the questions were blocked by a member of the FA's media team.

Terry would only speak about his current mood, saying: "I'm in a great state of mind and focussed on training. From my point of view, nothing has changed at all."

England skipper Terry was rested from last weekend's 1-0 friendly win over Spain, although manager Fabio Capello insisted this had nothing to do with the racism allegations.

Terry, due to play against Sweden at Wembley on tonight, said: "I think the players have showed we're united no matter what and put in a very good performance against Spain."

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